Voting for the 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened, with an Oct. 18 deadline. As with its companion award, the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame which seeks to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006.
An 11 person group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 12 Short List-nominated albums from which one album is chosen as a winner via a public vote. Separately, a second album is also chosen by the Heritage Prize jury. The winning albums will be revealed on Oct. 26.
This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration:
Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Jean Leloup - Le Dôme
Corb Lund - Five Dollar Bill
Michie Mee and L.A. Luv - Jamaican Funk-Canadian Style
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Jackie Mittoo - Wishbone
Faith Nolan - Africville
Nomeansno - Wrong
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
Weakerthans - Left and Leaving
This year’s Heritage list features five returning nominees (k.d. lang, Jean Leloup, Joni Mitchell, Jackie Mittoo, and Weakerthans) and seven first-time contenders (Lillian Allen, Corb Lund, Michie Mee and L.A. Luv, Faith Nolan, Nomeansno, Stars and Rufus Wainwright).
Go HERE to vote. Voters can submit ballots once per day.
Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners Buffy Sainte-Marie, Main Source and Beverly Glenn-Copeland can be found HERE.